Caring Community 2016 – 2017
We all care, because we are all humans made in the image of a caring, loving God.
In 2015, a new way of making caring connections within and beyond our community was conceived and born at Cedar Park United. Caring Community is all about caring for one another, and providing opportunities for everyone to learn new skills for caring for family, friends and strangers. It’s also about deepening our connections with one another through honest, caring conversations. Caring Community doesn’t replace more traditional forms of congregational (or pastoral) care. Rather, it adds a whole new dimension of caring which involves everyone in being God’s carrier of care.
We are now one year into this new initiative, and we are discovering that Caring Community is happening in every activity of the Cedar Park United community. This is exciting!
With the help of our skilled Caring Community Project Coordinator, Judy Coffin, we are almost ready to launch a Caring Community Resource Hub. This will provide us with a way of matching skill with need, talent with opportunity, and caregiver with care receiver.
To help us grow more fully into Caring Community, we have planned a number of opportunities for the 2016-17 fall /winter season. Below is just a sampling of those opportunities. You will see more events and occasions to grow in skill and confidence in your capacity to care listed on our News/Calendar
Lunch & Learn Events: Sundays, after worship: 11:45 to 1 PM (Bring a bag lunch)
October 23 Love in a Time of Sickness
November 13 Time + Talent = Caring Community (FAQ Session)
January 15 Can Facebook be a Friend? (Social Media as a Tool for Care and Connection)
February 12 Lunch and Learn Playback (a reprise of one of your favourite Lunch and Learn events)
For those who want to go deeper, in order to provide these skills as part of a Congregational Care Team, workshops will be offered this Fall and Winter on the following topics:
- Visiting the sick at home
- Visiting in the hospital
- Caring through a time of grief
- Keeping connections with family members with dementia (tbc)
- Caring for families in turmoil